Metallica has announced plans to curate and headline the Orion Music + More festival, to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 23 and June 24.
The world's biggest metal group, who just celebrated 30 years as a band with a blowout set of guest-heavy shows, will headline both nights of the festival, and will perform their legendary Black album in its entirety on one of the two nights. This will mark the first time that the band has ever performed the album in the United States. The band will also play Ride The Lightning in its entirety, which is considerably more awesome across the board.
Nearly two dozen artists are on the bill, including Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, A Place to Bury Strangers, and Liturgy. More bands will be announced soon.
Presale tickets for Met Club fan club members go on sale Wednesday (February at 10:00 am ET and will remain on sale through Friday (February 10) at 10:00 pm ET. General admission tickets for the two-day festival will be priced at $125 and Ultra Passes (including front of stage viewing area access, exclusive lounge access, and more) will be priced at $225.
Public tickets go on sale Saturday (February 11) at 10:00 am on the festival's official site. Early bird tickets will be priced at $150 and advance tickets will be priced at $175. VIP passes and travel packages will be announced Saturday.
The band mentioned that they're looking forward to being an integral part of the festival experience, rather than just a player on the bill. What that means in terms of the fest's overall atmosphere remains to be seen, but it's going to be one exciting June in Jersey!